Warrior fighting for glory in the Colosseum of Fools. Warily approaches opponents with shield held high.

That 'Colosseum' is a strange place where some bugs fight each other to the death and others watch. I don't understand such obscure rituals. If you venture in, stay on guard at all times.

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Shielded Fools are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are shielded combatants who fight for glory in the Colosseum of Fools.[1]

Behaviour and Tactics

Cautiously walks towards the Knight, raising its shield when they come close, which blocks any damage from the front (except for Spells). If the Knight moves too close, they may back off a few steps.

After taking a hit from the shield, or waiting long enough with the Knight in front of them, they will lunge forward followed by a slash. Occasionally they lunge and slash a second time. Their attacks are very telegraphed and can be dodged easily; the second swing is only slightly faster than the first one. Bait them into attacking, then counter-attack while they recover or jump over/dash through them and hit them from behind. When the player jumps above them while they are not attacking, they will use their shield to protect themselves from above.

Alternatively, since they will only raise their shield at a certain distance, ranged attacks such as Vengeful Spirit, Grubberfly's Elegy, and even Dash Slash can be used to dispose of them easily.

Using the Dream Nail on the shielded fool is a good way to gain full SOUL, especially when combined with Dream Wielder. This is especially useful in the Trial of the Fool, where it is easy to take lots of damage. This is good for reaching God Tamer with full SOUL and full health. It is recommended to save the Shielded Fool as the last enemy alive to attempt this.

Dream Nail Dialogue Essence

In Warriors' Pit:

  • ...Are we all Fools?...

Corpses in Kingdom's Edge:

  • ...Champion?...
  • ...I was a champion... I won't die here...

In Colosseum of Fools:

  • I am the strongest!
  • Fear me, warrior!
  • I'll crush it into the dirt!
  • You cannot harm me!


This enemy is only found in the Colosseum of Fools, in all of the three trials.



  1. Shielded Fool Hunter's Journal entry: "Warrior fighting for glory in the Colosseum of Fools."
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